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as a wave of bomb attacks rips through syria and a key rebel group refuses to sit down for peace talks we visit once prosperous. been split by the conflict and forced to take. president a global crisis is now just days away all at the whim of u.s. lawmakers who are threatening to renee america's debt to get their way a port on the fear and panic among creditors and why china wants to americanize the world's economy. in a search and seize crackdown on illegal migrants in moscow following a day of turmoil the public outrage by the murder of a local resident. from
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studio center here in moscow was just eight pm this is. a car bomb in north western syria has killed at least twenty seven people and wounded many others the powerful blast came just a day after twin car bombs rocked the central damascus one near the hotel where international chemical weapons inspectors are staying on reports from the syrian capital. a car bomb has exploded in a rebel held northwestern town in the province of italy which is not far from the syrian turkish border the explosion happened at a busy marketplace all of this coming just hours after two massive car bombs exploded here in the heart of the syrian capital on sunday night they took place in front of the syrian state t.v. building and not far from the hotel where foreign experts who are investigating and overseeing the destruction of syria's chemical weapons stockpiles are staying
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a short time ago the head of their team criticized the opposition for not allowing them access to some of the sites where rebels have control now there has been a number of warnings posted online by rebel fighters that they would use water shells to rain down on damascus all of this is hampering peace efforts and the two sides continue to dig in their heels nowhere is that more evident than in the city of holmes when i traveled there and visited the quarter of god and shun where we found that the two sides are often just meters away from each other. this is the frontline as watched by a syrian army sniper. after a thousand days of war this is what victory looks like and the eerie silence of what once was the vibrant quarter of bottle shop twenty meters from here rebel
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fighters hold the ground while the army does this to squeeze between a few streets throughout the unexpected heroes from among the rubble everywhere but mr mccann i'm just was a new material before i knew nothing of a. little circle and i learned a lot for two and a half years ago last summer was a school teacher of the twenty nine year old signed up for war that it suddenly shattered right inside his classroom some volunteered his pimp russian for kalashnikov. something happened i was teaching at a more show landed in the studio there were a lot of victims i remember as i held one little girl who had been killed and seeing our blood i felt so sorry for her family. they seem to like beheading even icons and start she says that i mean these are the messages they want to send us the syrian army was based here there was no military for years only in the sense that. some people here were praying for peace and this is one of the bombs that
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fell the one of the bombs that caused all this devastation this is their message to put it here just as a reminder of. the church of was built in eight hundred eighty five four hundred twenty six years it served as a house of sanctuary overnight it became a house of saud. so you hide behind. this yard was for the children it was also for many families as well they were killed because they refused to be the militants for a sufi a mock up over the all the militants have been cleared out of this quarter but we're still here and we keep up a presence to protect the area and prevent the terrorists from returning. to trying to get the area back to normality to what it when we defeat them we will rebuild the steerage and children once again until your prayers will be heard wasn't any animal today a handful of families are starting to return in the ravaged streets the sound of children's laughter punctuates the rumble of machine gunfire and i remember when i
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used to play football just like you know i have to carry a gun just sort of they can play here safely when i was their age i dreamt of being a professional footballer and i'm sure they've got the same dream job protecting them so nobody comes along to destroy their dreams. i'm sure they were approaching sniper valley it's about twenty metres from here all the snipers and. it is plain to me that our backs on right now we're going to i think is going to take my hand and we're going to run. ok. ok he's telling me not to be afraid and i don't know if it. was that you ok ok all right i trust him and we're going to make a run for it ok two three. if i can i cannot do that participating in the best interest we've got across much of it was
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to do apparently one person was killed here betts i'm ok thank you as night falls the streets of bubbles become more dangerous the soldiers light fires every few metres to help them see as i believe but some asks me to pray for him and his comrades most of us he says will probably be. here the next time you visit policy r.t. . syria. a key opposition group has refused to take part in the geneva peace talks planned for november the russian foreign minister has blamed the western backers of the rebels for not putting enough pressure on them to participate in the talks middle east conflict analysts moonroof believe it's next to impossible to bring such a chaotic group to negotiate they've not come to the talks in june which was scheduled for june this year that they don't have leadership they don't have a coherent strategy and they did not enjoy any popularity among the civilians
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or the syrians within syria so. secretary kerry can't get anyone from the syrian national council to attend because they haven't been able to thus far and they're not the americans have not been the honest brokers in the whole process so i doubt that the talks will be held in november as the result kidnappers have released four out of seven aid workers abducted in syria on sunday they were captured during an attack on their convoy while working in the rebel held it province that's the same region hit by today's car bombing three people remain in captivity and red cross spokesman sean the guar told us the humanitarian effort is hampered by all sides of the conflict. on all sides of the conflict there has been a misuse of. of of the right to humanitarian assistance i think
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we've seen on all sides of the conflict that medically has been denied to people who need it the sick and the wounded. and there are areas being besieged by both the government and opposition forces so we're seeing. this sort of denial of the right to humanitarian aid which is which we would be expecting to see observed we've seen that being denied by both sides by all sides in this conflict already and shut down the united states government now verges on another crisis although this one could go global washington has seventy two hours left to raise its debt ceiling or else face default but lawmakers are refusing to budge holding any possible deal hostage to their own interests he's in lisa now explains to us just how serious the consequences could be. well there's been no headway over the
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weekend between democrats and republicans coming to some kind of agreement on how to raise or whether or not to raise the debt ceiling if the u.s. doesn't secure a debt arising of its debt ceiling they'll have to default on its over sixteen and a half trillion dollars of borrowing so you have the rest of the world very wary they're panicking you have the heads of various major financial organizations global financial organizations like the i.m.f. talking about how american legislators need to be responsible that this bickering is ridiculous they need to find a way to get through this to the rest of the world doesn't have to pay for these dire consequences huge economic partners what will happen to them if the u.s. does go head into fall will according to experts whether or not it happens on thursday china is still going to rethink the way it does business with the united states here's jeffrey summers of the university of wisconsin milwaukee and united
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states of course is an economy which leads global credit and the foreign purchase of its treasury bills so this puts it in a very precarious position moving forward in terms of the ability to fund many of its programs domestically for those countries in which a fine and it's a very very big player within their economies they're very very nervous so i think it's just it's further fuel to move and of course china has been trying to see if it could coordinate a new order which would be less dollar based you have protests breaking out especially in the capital here over the weekend a group of truckers came in towards the u.s. capital you had veterans this sunday coming together and coming to memorial so there was thousands of protesters who in fact broke through a barricade on sunday to try to get to world war two monument they were peaceful just chanting slogans like break down these walls singing patriotic songs but yet there were riot police there ready to go to control these veterans and if the u.s.
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does go ahead and default of course those protests are expected to get worse not to mention the effects it will have on the rest of the world. talks in the senate according to latest reports are not going well with republicans and democrats deadlocked over potential spending cuts equity strategist and economist peter weston says a default would be nothing short of devastating oh default would be a catastrophic event you would have the increase in the cost of borrowing for. around the globe you would have inflation in the u.s. increasing on the back of a very sharply falling dollar and it would basically affect every single country in the world given that the dollar remains the key reserve currency looking at a congress that is basically run by children. and you know the fortunate thing is that the people that believe that the default could be manageable is very tiny but it's a question of winning them over but given that we see time and again these political
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crisis appear to us i think they would be more calls for sort of trying to reduce dependency on america in the same way as america has been trying to reduce dependency on the middle east for its oil but it has to be a very slow and sort of gradual process beijing is the single largest holder of u.s. debt with washington owning it about one point three trillion dollars andrew long he's an independent specialist on china he says the asian giant is making great progress and striking out for economic independence. the situation is changing because china's surplus and falling down as a reserve is mounting and the us seems to be printing money with no end in sight the us dollar has lost. its value since the reserve also stablished and there is little return for. investment and then with china's
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brutalize trade opportunities opening up in terms of resources you know times of assets so china has been diversifying we are seeing that china has special feature a zones in shanghai and you chain high hong kong to speed up the process of. the revenue base as the international currency so all signs point to the fact that the renminbi is likely to become political multiple maybe within the bank it. with china looking to wind down its american holdings the u.k.'s making clear it is a perfectly good alternative. chinese firms political perks visas and access to the u.k.'s most lucrative projects in exchange for beijing's billions coming to britain. from one crisis to another this time a sweeping new round of university staff cuts forces teachers out on strike and students into the street protesting with them.
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actually nothing very good has happened in afghanistan the last twelve years and that's something western media and political leaders don't like to talk about anymore well there's really no actual practicing democracy to speak of in afghanistan what you have is kleptocratic corrupt. state but we should reframe the question so i was only just stays there there will be violence there will be chaos because there's an occupying power it again you know the u.s. wants to keep a footprint there but the longer its footprint is there the more well i just say the violence will continue because of occupation you know just the fact that the afghan government has not yet been able to convince the afghan people that it provides a better alternative. continues
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here in r.t. more than a sales. suspected illegal migrants have been detained in southern last co following a raid on a storage industrial area came in direct response to local outrage over the scale of unofficial workers in the area people say they're sitting on a powder keg starting a catastrophic collapse of security and angry crowd of people wreak havoc overnight as protests were sparked by the murder of a local resident. brings us more. their rides didn't start off of violently in fact they started off as
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a gathering of local residents who are concerned with the investigation of the into the death of a local man who was killed last week in the only witness in his case was his girlfriend who said that the attacker was known slavic origin those who have shown off the rally over the weekend flows through them seemed to have been members of nationalistic groups as well as football fans and they have essentially hijacked the rally shouting ethnic as well as racist slogans and they have turned their anger against migrant workers a lot of whom are working at the shopping center as. warehouse by while some of them were smashing storefront windows others are said to have been looting stores inside afterwards they took to the streets where they were clashing with police overturning cars destroying a kiosk selling watermelons which provided for some colorful income it was somewhat pictures and then they wanted to head on over to the to the produce warehouse
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nearby they were stopped by riot police however we know several police of personal have actually been wounded at least one of them received a blow to his head with a broken bottle there were fears that riots could last well into the night their anger towards migrant workers from central asia is essentially indicative of the ethnic as well as racial tensions which have been simmering in russia for quite some time something very similar happened about three years ago in december of two thousand and ten after a murder of a football fan by a representative of the from the from the northern caucasus region of russia also sparked massive riots in the center of moscow the somme online there's no square around five thousand people came out most of them again football fans and not just nationalistic groups so the tension is subsided but definitely there is still some upper henchmen hanging in there. and dmitri babich political analyst at the voice
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of russia radio station explains why he thinks tackling illegal migration in the country is particularly difficult. plus this is a very. unpleasant wake up call for the authorities because of the problem of illegal migration needs to be handled part of the population wants a visa regime. other form of conscious of the soviet union but that's going to be difficult because unlike kind of euro sound like colombia for the night the states or unlike algeria and libya. you know the former republics of the soviet union for many decades were part of the same country with russia and there are a lot of human lives between us so how will this be as a regime affect these things of course negatively that's why the authorities are very reluctant to introduce this kind of visa regime. for more on the chaos that broke out in southern you can go to our web site r t v dot com there you'll find
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a timeline showing what happened in the city over the last forty eight hours as well as dramatic pictures also online. israeli intelligence in the dark it's made adverse rerun begins a trial of a group of alleged secret agents who got the full details of the supposed spying mission. and a worldwide note to g.m. day is protest to spin on to the streets marching against so-called frankenfood which they blame for harming people's health. britain is not afraid of china and is willing to take its money to prove it declares finance minister george osborne in beijing he's leading a trade mission there at a time when london is vying for china's favor and billions to boost the u.k. economy and put the book to reports there are perks in it for beijing to. britain's doors are open to china and more importantly the u.k.'s recession hits a corner me is ready for chinese money to start flowing in that's the message that
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the u.k. challenge so george osborne is sending on a trade mission to china this week he told students at a beijing university that unlike some of the western countries he doesn't want to resist china's economic progress or put up trade barriers but he wants to share in the economic progress that means speaking chinese investment in british infrastructure such as british airports and an energy and eight hundred million pound deal for a chinese company to develop manchester airport has already been unveiled george osborne said that he's determined to open a new chapter in the chinese. see that the chinese economy is no longer low wage or low tat one of my tasks this week is to explain to the british people just how far china has come how sophisticated your businesses are how advanced you are in the fields of high tech and science and one of my principal goals this week is
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not just to increase british investment in china but to increase chinese investment in britain the u.k.'s current visa regime for the chinese has been criticised as colonial because of excessive red tape and application forms the u.k. is estimated to get just a seventh of the chinese terrorists that visit france every year as a result britain is thought to be losing out on over a billion pounds annually chancellor george osborne wants to bring that money into britain and announced that visa rules would be simplified he even announced a twenty four hours super priority visa for chinese businessmen for economists the u.k. government's relatively recent in fifty years the asm towards making friends with china is easy to explain china's economy is one of the fastest growing in the world while the u.k. is struggling to emerge from a recession and it looks like the guys in there have finally decided that if you can't beat him if you're not even close. join them. chinese investment has been
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a hot topic in europe in recent years with one side eager to beijing in his riches the other though is more wary pointing to allegations of china taking advantage of oil sector or flooding the markets of goods as examples of why caution is needed but. says investment from the east is a win win all round. let's say that certain african countries a host of fairly bad experiences with british and other european investment over the years i think china's made its mistakes as well china is now looking to invest some of its sovereign wealth fund why do you house in the past it's not looking to the european union and to the united kingdom is just putting two hundred million pounds i think into into my interest or airport it's difficult to imagine that anybody who receives large amounts of investment from any country in the world that
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ends up spending their time politically attacking them so i mean the yes there will be a relationship there but as i said at the moment there is you know less than five percent of chinese investment is less than five percent of that from the united states we could see out of the recent that has not stopped the recent spot with the us over if you want it spying on our own european and british individuals companies and organizations several major universities in greece still closed as a strike by teaching staff continues well into a fifth week they say they're not going back to work until plans to far more than a thousand administrative work was scrapped and with no lectures to attend undergraduates of venting their anger in the streets all these underage pharma reports. students have studied at athens university since the middle of the nineteenth century but today they carry placards not books you will find austerity it says the message is black and white america the anger aimed at government
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cutbacks but you force the university to close. of course i'm concerned right now a lot of the students you know in schools in universities feel that they have no future here. the protesters are heading towards the greek parliament among them administrative workers who are the brunt of the redundancies archivists treasury employees and security guards standing alongside students who should be starting a new academic e across time it's a similar story at the national technological university so this auditorium should be full of students right now it has absolutely fortunately it's because of the serious cutbacks in administrative personnel and in public subsidies but cannot work we are to choose not to work because there is no possibility for that in fact empty lecture halls and desolate corydoras can be seen it eighteen of the cities
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across greece all deciding to shut this cut back slash their admin staffing levels by as much as forty percent back at the demonstration one lecturer shows me a letter being sent to universities around the world asking for their support there is a serious threat against greek universe it's against greek public universities so everybody fears. people who are going to lose their jobs and that public universities will be i think of the past in a few months it is a desperate attempt to protect the higher education system but the greek government at this stage stands firm a deal should. uk with the e.u. and i.m.f. to secure more bailout funding means four thousand public sector jobs have to be axed by the end of the year and another twenty five thousand posts have to be redeployed very it isn't going to happen without a fight well it's
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a just demonstrate she has ended here at the ministry for administrative reforms which many people but i for the cutbacks all the way through the process i have been singing chance including people will not obey that history is written with resistance and they really do believe that expression themselves lot i have done today can make a difference and three farmer. thins. now look at some other world news in brief italy says it will triple its sea in ever trolls in the mediterranean more than three hundred eighty mind going to be killed in the past week the prime minister says the increase naval and air surveillance will stop self of sicily the day the patrol will reportedly be for migrant rescue rather than trying to force them to stay where they are many people flee african countries in boats to travel to europe in the hope of finding a better life. quarter malaysia has banned non muslims from using what to refer to their god the term is used by all faiths in the country christians argue
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that they have used the word for centuries which and to ballet from arabic two thousand and nine the government had to march an appeal when it was sued by catholic newspaper which had been banned from using the word. to bring it up as they could not be bought with a news team with more in just over half an hour from now in the meantime peter lavelle discusses what effect next year's elections will have in afghanistan that isn't crosstalk after the break. switzerland will soon vote if they should start giving out thousands of dollars in cash to every adult citizen in the country you heard me right there's a grassroots campaign that is trying to get the government to give out to every
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adult citizen two thousand five hundred swiss francs approximately two thousand eight hundred dollars per month the motivation for the project is that many in switzerland fear that the financial crisis has caused wealth inequality to skyrocket you know i'm not an expert at swiss culture so maybe people there are different but if they gave out thousands of free dollars per month anywhere i've lived you would see the majority of people going into early retirement and not working at all and it's sort of like how they tell people not to feed the bears at parks because then the bears lose their instincts and will to hunt because getting a sandwich thrown at them is a lot easier i mean why go through the effort of auditing when the sandwich just magically appears handouts often creates law according to reuters some people are proposing a much better law for switzerland limiting executive pay to being twelve times higher than that of the lowest paid employee although this plan is making headlines it seems like a much better idea because it doesn't to motivate people to be productive and yet it would create almost utopia like levels of wealthy quality also if the bosses
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salary is tied to the employees that a lot of people be getting raises very soon this one to twelve pay ratio is much better than the free swiss francs and it gets my seal of approval but that's just my opinion. right on the scene. first strike. and i think you're. on our reporters. in. the the in. lead.